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Professor David Crystal, OBE (born 1941 in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, UK) is a linguist, academic and author. He grew up in Holyhead (North Wales), and Liverpool (England) where he attended St Mary's College from 1951. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in decreasing order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lisburn (Lios na gCearrbhach in Irish) is a city split between County Antrim & County Down, Northern Ireland. ... Dieu et mon droit (Royal motto) (French for God and my right)3 Northern Irelands location within the UK Official languages English, Irish, Ulster Scots Capital and largest city Belfast First Minister Office suspended Area  - Total Ranked 4th 13,843 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 4th 1,685... The following is a list of linguists, those who study linguistics. ... Plato is credited with the inception of academia: the body of knowledge, its development and transmission across generations. ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ... Holyhead (Welsh: Caergybi, the fort of St. ... Approximate extent of North Wales North Wales (known in some archaic texts as Northgalis) is the northernmost unofficial region of Wales, bordered to the south by Mid Wales. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom and England, see British Isles (terminology). ... Liverpool waterfront by night, as seen from the Wirral. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the British Isles Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st UK... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ...


Crystal studied English at University College London between 1959 and 1962. He was a researcher under Randolph Quirk between 1962 and 1963, working on the Survey of English Usage. Since then he has lectured at the University of Wales, Bangor (UWB) and the University of Reading. He is currently an honorary professor and part-time lecturer of Linguistics at UWB. His many academic interests include ELT, forensic linguistics, language death, ludic linguistics (or language play), English style, Shakespeare, indexing, and lexicography. He is also a qualified speech therapist. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... University College London, commonly known as UCL, is one of the colleges that make up the University of London. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Randolph Quirk (b. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The University of Wales, Bangor (UWB) is a constituent institution of the University of Wales based in the city of Bangor in the county of Gwynedd in North Wales, United Kingdom. ... The University of Reading (pronounced Redding) is a university in the English town of Reading. ... A professor (Latin: one who publicly professes to be an expert) (or prof for short) is a senior teacher, lecturer and researcher, usually in a college or university. ... Lecturer is the name given to university teachers in most of the English-speaking world (but not at most universities in the US or Canada) who do not hold a professorship. ... Linguistics is the scientific study of human language, and someone who engages in this study is called a linguist or linguistician. ... ELT, a TLA of: Emergency Locator Transmitter Every Little Thing English Language Teaching This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Forensic linguistics is the name given to a number of sub-disciplines within applied linguistics, and which relate to the interface between language, the law and crime. ... In linguistics, language death (also language extinction, linguistic extinction) can be thought of as a process that affects speech communities where the level of linguistic competence that speakers possess of a given language idiom is decreased. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Style may refer to genre, design, format, or appearance, including: Clothing: fashion Flower part: flower Music: music genre Sundial part: Gnomon Titles or honorifics: Style (manner of address) including Chinese courtesy names Web design: Cascading Style Sheets Writing: style guide and literary genre Linguistics: Variation in language use of an... William Shakespeare—born April 1564; baptised April 26, 1564; died April 23, 1616 (O.S.), May 3, 1616 (N.S.)—has a reputation as the greatest of all writers in English. ... This article should be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Lexicography is either of two things Practical lexicography is the art or craft of writing dictionaries. ... Speech therapy is the corrective or rehabilitative treatment of physical and/or cognitive deficits/disorders resulting in difficulty with verbal communication. ...


David Crystal lives in Holyhead with his wife and four children, and, having retired from full-time academia, works as a writer, editor and consultant. He was awarded the OBE in 1995. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Work

He is the author of over sixty books on a wide variety of subjects, specialising among other things in editing reference works, including the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (1987), the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (1995), the Cambridge Biographical Dictionary, the Cambridge Encyclopedia itself, and the New Penguin Encyclopedia (2003). He has also edited literary works, and is Chair of the UK National Literary Association. He also has a strong line in books for the layman about linguistics and the English language. His non-linguistic writing includes poems, plays and biography. A Roman Catholic by conviction, he writes devotional poetry and articles for the Catholic magazine The Tablet. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... The progressive international Catholic weekly magazine The Tablet was founded in 1840 by a Quaker convert to Catholicism, Frederick Lucas, just 11 years before the restoration of the Catholic Hierarchy in England and Wales. ...


Since 2001, he has been the president of Crystal Reference Systems Limited, a leading provider of reference content and Internet search and advertising technology. The company's products are based upon the patented Global Data Model, a complex semantic network that Crystal devised in the early 1980's and was adapted for use on the Internet in the mid 1990's.


He was influential in a campaign to save Holyhead's convent from demolition, leading to the creation of the Ucheldre Centre. This article is about an abbey as a religious building. ... The Ucheldre Centre The Ucheldre Centre is an arts centre located in Holyhead, Anglesey. ...


David Crystal continues to write as well as contribute to television and radio broadcasts and for many years presented a BBC Radio 4 programme on language issues. You can visit his homepage at www.davidcrystal.com BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ...


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David Crystal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (481 words)
Professor David Crystal, OBE (born 1941 in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, UK) is a linguist, academic and author.
Crystal is the author of over sixty books on a wide variety of subjects, specialising among other things in editing reference works, including the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (1987), the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (1995), the Cambridge Biographical Dictionary, the Cambridge Encyclopedia itself, and the New Penguin Encyclopedia (2003).
Crystal continues to write as well as contribute to television and radio broadcasts and for many years presented a BBC Radio 4 programme on language issues.
Language Death (David Crystal) - book review (470 words)
Crystal presents five arguments: from the general value of diversity, from the value of languages as expressions of identity, as repositories of history, as part of the sum of human knowledge, and as interesting subjects in their own right.
Crystal looks first at general needs: gathering information, raising awareness (both in local communities and in the international community), and fostering positive community attitudes (sometimes people don't want to save their own language).
Crystal suggests six key themes in language revitalization: increasing the prestige, wealth, and power of language speakers; giving the language a strong presence in the education system; giving the language a written form and encouraging literacy; and access to electronic technology (the latter being more of a "possibility" than a reality in most cases).
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